Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Is the isolation over?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/us/08lehigh.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=foreclosure

Scroll down and click on the video.
Slideshows are good too.

Are you seeing more of this, and is this having an impact on how we see those in poverty?

10 comments:

Barry W. said...

i dont think isolation is over...
i think it will be a long time before it is over. but thats just my opinion... so who know??

publius said...

There are two kinds of isolation; physical, which is when a person puts themselves away from the poor geographically, and mental, which is when a person puts the poor away from themselves psychologically. Isolation will always be a part of our lives, the question is which kind.
-Matthew

publius said...

But that's just my opinion.

Kirsten said...

I think both types of isolation will be around forever. The rich dont want to live, shop, eat or associate themselves with the lower class. And when you tune someone out geographicly, they kind of escape your thoughts too.

SamWofford said...

I agree there will always be some isolation, because there will always be some rich person that thinks he is better than the rest and will turn his nose up on poor people.

publius said...

To be fair, the "lower class" often do not want to associate with the rich either. The rich are painted as snobbish and shallow, but is this not also intolerant isolation? So long as the poor feel looked down on and the rich feel judged, the self inflicted isolation will continue. It seems to me that both are missing an opportunity to learn.
-Matthew

John Y. said...

The idea of having no barriers is ambitious but is also Utopic. In reality it's a very high mark for a culture such as our capitalist society to reach. However in order for our society to better ourselves through evolution we need to at least make the effort to tackle these barriers otherwise the political repercussions could be disastrous.

JCampos said...

The rich do not want to shop at a store for an hour and find that their new BMW just got stolen or find that their window is broken and their really expensive British bulldog is missing. Nope they don't want that. They would much rather shop at the high end and not have to worry about people stealing their precious doggy!

JLYNN said...

I think there is just a part in human nature that makes people gravitate toward and want to be with their "own kind". No biggie.

LindsyM. said...

I agree with Kristen, rich people don't want to associate themselves with lower class people. I think that having that mindset is a very sad way to live life.